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Joe Soto Puts Forth Gutsy Effort In UFC 177 Main Event

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Former Bellator champion Joe Soto experienced a whirl-wind 24 hours that no other fighter has gone through, accepting a world title fight for the UFC bantamweight title Saturday night at UFC 177.

Despite giving T.J. Dillashaw everything he had, Soto fell in the main event after taking a head-kick and a right-hand that finished him in the fifth round.

“My dream came true,” Soto said. “It was just an honor, a privilege to fight here. I love the UFC and I always wanted to be here since I was a kid.

“This was a dream come true.”

Soto was scheduled to make his Octagon debut against Anthony Birchak just weeks after fighting for the Tachi Palace Fights title. Instead, he was tabbed as the replacement for Renan Barao after the former champion had issues before weigh-ins.

Originally set for a three-round fight on the prelims, the former Iowa Central Community College All-American said the switch to five rounds was no issue.

“Anybody who knows me knows I don’t train for three rounds or five rounds,” he said. “I train for the worse situations. I’m old-school.”

Soto had his six-fight win streak snapped, falling to 15-3 overall.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I fear I may have phenomenal cosmic powers and no idea how to wield them. I railed against the rematch, saying a KOed champ doesn’t deserve one, and then the universe stepped in and made it so.

    I am mighty. Still, I wouldn’t want to fight into the 5th round with TJ Dillishaw because that dude is a scary, scary monster in the 5th.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    gotta say i enjoyed the event as a whole, but then in the UK the UFC PPV’s come as part of my cable package, so i never need to consider paying for them. Every event is a fight night for me

  • Dufresne says:

    I feel bad for Birchak. He got his UFC debut yanked out from under him at the last second, and when he finally got back home someone had broken in and stolen all of his stuff. At least the UFC gave him his show and win bonus, but that’s still one shitty weekend.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I paid for this event and really enjoyed it, very happy to see Bethe get another big win but also sad seeing a vetran like Basler get thrashed like that. Loved the fact that Soto took TJ deep into the fight, and what a tough fight to call between Ferguson and Castillio.


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